Northwest NEWS

May 21, 2001

Editorial

Tobacco kills!

More people die from tobacco usage than, murders, AIDS, suicides, illegal drugs and alcohol combined. The smoke in tobacco, either firsthand or secondhand, is harmful to humans. Tobacco contains nicotine, which has thousands of chemicals in it. These chemicals cause diseases and cancers. Lung cancer is a cancer that blackens your lungs, and makes it difficult to breathe, while moving around. Heart disease increases your blood pressure and cholesterol level, which increases your risk of having a heart attack. These cancers and diseases can be fatal.
   Health problems are not the only disadvantage of smoking. Smoking gives you bad breath, yellow finger nails and stinks up things near you. These disadvantages lower your self appearance. So not only does smoking give you health problems, it also lowers your self appearance.
   Ryan Galbraith